Well, it’s that time of year again. The school supply lists are out, half of Target consists of school supplies and Micah has a mile long pout on his face. Ah, another school year.
In all honesty, it can be hard being married to a teacher. During the school year there is lots of grading, lesson planning and the occasional past school hours event that takes up Micah’s time. His workdays are usually about 10-12 hours. The summer is no better. While I’m slaving away at my computer at work, Micah’s sailing, going on bike rides and grabbing lunch with friends. Don’t get me wrong, he does do house stuff, but he gets to do fun stuff too.
Going back to school is going to be different for us this year. It’s always an adjustment but now we have long lists of unfinished house stuff, Izzy and new commutes. We’re trying to get a handle on all this and it requiring a little advance planning.
Our first big adjustment is Izzy. We used to both start work really early and get home in the early afternoon. The thought of getting up before 5:30am to walk Izzy is not on the table. I’m not willing to do it regularly and Micah isn’t either. We decided that I would change my schedule so I’m going in later and have more time to walk Izzy (and sleep) before work. I’m happy to get in a morning walk and a few more Zzz’s but I’m also giving up the morning commute on the Lightrail and the freedom of getting out of work early in the day. I’d have to take the bus into work but could still take Lightrail home. I also really like having the office to myself in the morning. It’s quiet and I can catch up on email without the temptation of talking to co-workers.
The next big adjustment is our house to do list. Now that both of us are back to work and have various things going on, finding time to get projects done will be hard. We decided a little advance planning is needed. Our plan is to sit down tonight or tomorrow and make a list of EVERYTHING that needs to be done. Once we have the list, we’re going to divide it into tasks we can accomplish in a few hours and tasks requiring an entire day. We’re thinking we can alternate work levels each week. To make it easier for us, we’ve schedule the house tasks on our google calendar.
Our first item to tackle is the yard. The lawn needs mowing, the current veggie patch needs tending to, the winter garden needs to get finished, the cat poop area cleared out and the outdoor fire pit put together and installed. I know there are more but these are all I can think of right now. Next week we’ve decided to take it easy and tackle a few accessory refinishing projects we have pending for the master bathroom. We wanted to take it easy as Micah will have just finished his first week back at school and will probably be tired. We’re hoping the calendar will help us organize ourselves and get some projects done.
The last thing we need to tackle is breakfast and dinner. We usually plan our dinners a week out. Since Micah’s been home, we’ve been able to try recipes that take a bit of prep and long cook times. Now that he’s back at work, we’ll have to go through the cookbooks and start hunting for quick meals again. Besides dinner, we’re trying to preplan breakfast too. We’re trying to be healthier and part of that is actually eating more than a granola bar for breakfast. Yes, we could make breakfast every morning but we really like to sleep. There’s no way we’d wake up early enough to prepare anything remotely healthy and enjoyable. The new plan for breakfast is to prepare things on Sunday for Monday-Wednesday and then make something small on Wednesday to get us through Friday. We’ve tried breakfast muffins and breakfast loaves in the past and they have worked well. Maybe this Sunday we’ll tackle a breakfast casserole or strata.
I know there is a lot of other back to school prep we need to do but these are the big ones. Anyone have any recipe suggestions for us?